NATO soldier killed in record month in Afghanistan

NATO reported on Sunday the 91st foreign soldier killed in what has been a record month for international troop deaths in Afghanistan.

Updated: Jun 27, 2010, 20:37 PM IST

Kabul: NATO reported on Sunday the 91st
foreign soldier killed in what has been a record month for
international troop deaths in Afghanistan.

In other violence, more than two dozen rebels were
killed across the troubled nation, authorities said
separately.

The soldier was killed by a Taliban-style improvised
explosive device (IED) in the south of the country on
yesterday, NATO`s International Security Assistance Force
(ISAF) said.

It came after NATO had already reported yesterday the
killing of five other soldiers in similar attacks in the
volatile south.

The soldiers` nationalities were not disclosed, but
the vast majority of foreign troops in Afghanistan are from
the United States.

The ISAF report follows an announcement by Britain`s
defence ministry that one of its soldiers had died yesterday
after being wounded by an explosion in the south two weeks
ago.

In all, 311 soldiers have died in Afghanistan so far
this year, with the June toll by far the deadliest of any
month since the war began in late 2001.

AFP tolls are based on a tally kept by the independent
website icasualties.org.

The deaths come amid heightened questioning of the war
effort following last week`s sacking of the top US military
officer in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, after an
inflammatory magazine profile.

PTI